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Spanish tourism and spending way up and Brits continue to flock in 

Spain has set a new all-time record of inbound tourists, with 75.3 million arrivals in 2016.

This is an increase of 9.9 per cent on 2015, according to Minister for Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal.

Total spending by tourists who visited Spain amounted to 77 billion euros, also a new record, which represents an 8.3 per cent increase on the previous year. Similarly, the average spend per tourist rose by 3.75 per cent to stand at 1,023 euros per person. The average daily spend per tourist rose to 138 euros, a 6.5 per cent increase on 2015.

These figures were prepared from information provided by Turespaña and the statistics provided by the FRONTUR and EGATUR surveys of the National Statistics Institute.

Arrival of tourists from January to November

Among the main emitting markets between January and November, the strength of tourism from the United Kingdom is particularly worthy of mention, with the arrival of almost 17 million tourists, a 12.3 per cent increase on the first 11 months of 2015. This was followed by the arrival of 10.8 million tourists from France, a 7.1 per cent increase, and 10.7 million tourists from Germany, a 6.1 per cent increase on the same months of 2015.

By destination, Catalonia was the leading autonomous region to receive inbound tourists, with a total of more than 17 million, a 3.8 per cent increase on the first 11 months of 2015, followed by the Balearic Islands, with 12.9 million tourists and growth of 12 per cent, and the Canary Islands, with 12 million tourists and growth of 12.7 per cent.

Higher spending between January and November

According to data provided by the INE, the accumulated figures to November 2016 show that spending increased across the board, with particularly high growth in the Region of Madrid (14.7 per cent), the Region of Valencia (13.6 per cent), the Canary Islands (10.7 per cent) and the Balearic Islands (10.4 per cent).

In terms of emitting countries and compared with the same period of the previous year, particularly noteworthy growth was seen in spending by British tourists (up 12.2 per cent), followed by France (up 7.56 per cent), the Nordic countries (up 7.1 per cent), and Germany (up 4.7 per cent).